Vacancy: Research Manager


Central London, £37-40k, depending on experience

Talented researcher and project manager needed for global advocacy organisation.

Are you an experienced researcher with a passion for aid transparency? Are you skilled at working with large data sets, a great communicator and effective networker? Do you want to join a small, friendly team committed to improving the availability and use of aid and development finance information for better development outcomes?

If so, we’d like to hear from you!


The organisation

Publish What You Fund is the global campaign for aid transparency. Launched in 2008, we envisage a world where aid and development information is transparent, available and used for effective decision-making, public accountability and lasting change for all citizens.

Publish What You Fund’s model combines independent research with intelligent, long-term advocacy and technical expertise. Our flagship report, the Aid Transparency Index, and close relationships with major aid donors around the world have been essential to this. Our pioneering approach to encouraging donor governments and civil society organisations to support our mission has led to more and better quality aid and development finance information.

However there is still work to do. We recently launched our new three-year organisation strategy: this marks an exciting new chapter for us, where we will be emphasising greater data use for better development outcomes and broadening our horizons to look in more detail at a wider range of aid and development funding vehicles and settings, including development finance institutions, private sector finance and humanitarian aid.


The role

This is an exciting role right at the core of our operation, helping us to fulfil our ambitious mission. It requires someone who can combine quantitative data skills and experience of working with large data sets with political acumen and the ability to influence.

This senior role involves leading the planning for and delivery of the Aid Transparency Index – our flagship product – and other associated research outputs. The job also includes analysing donor policies and data; writing analytical reports and briefings. The successful candidate will be confident combining data literacy with communication, outreach and networking among the donor, aid effectiveness and transparency communities.

Most importantly, you will bring integrity, enthusiasm, and will be aligned with the goals and vision of Publish What You Fund to make aid and development information more transparent, available and used for effective decision-making, public accountability and lasting change for all citizens.


This is a full-time position based in London and occasional travel is required.

Download the job description and person specification.


How to apply

Deadline for applications is midnight GMT on Wednesday 21 November. Please send your CV and a covering letter to:

Interviews are expected to take place w/b Monday 3 December.

Candidates require the right to live and work in the UK.

Why transparency matters

Take a look at our reasons why it matters to donors, partner countries and civil society